Oxford worked closely with its joint venture partners at Quadrum Global to implement the strategic repositioning of the hotel, which closed in summer 2018 for renovations.
Hotel Essex’s comprehensive redevelopment included the preservation and restoration of the building’s glass and steel structure and iconic rooftop “Essex Inn” sign, the replacement of all the major building systems, and the transformation of all guestrooms, public spaces and interiors, bringing the property’s original midcentury modern aesthetic into the 21st century. Working closely with the development team, The Gettys Group led the hotel’s interior design, drawing on the building’s roots in the 1960s during the midst of the midcentury modern design movement.
The updated interiors at Hotel Essex convey a sophisticated yet comfortable style, with classic midcentury details inspired by the innovation of the time period. Authentic materials and unexpected pops of color are incorporated into the spaces, leveraging the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain focal points of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the cityscape.
The gut renovation of the hotel spans across all spaces, including the refurbished lobby, guestrooms, meeting space, fitness center, ground-floor restaurant Grant Park Bistro, and the adjacent hotel-operated SX Sky Bar, a bi-level food, beverage, and nightlife destination opening in mid-April.
Throughout a stay at Hotel Essex, guests are invited to make the hotel a home base for city exploring, whether staying for one night or one week. The property offers a central location on Michigan Avenue adjacent to Grant Park for those visiting for business or leisure, just steps away from Millenium Park, The Art Institute, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Chicago’s downtown business district.
Each of the 274 king and double guestrooms includes a work station, 55-inch smart TVs, SmartFridges, Lavazza espresso machines, 300-count luxury linens, hand-held garment steamers, and Frette robes and Trussardi bath products made exclusively for Hotel Essex. Guests keep connected at Hotel Essex with high-speed WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled bathroom mirrors with hidden speakers.
Guests’ dining needs, from breakfast to late-night, are fulfilled by Grant Park Bistro and SX Sky Bar. The ground-floor Grant Park Bistro is a modern French grill open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving a menu focused on grilled meats and vegetables and French wines.
Hotel Essex guests can also enjoy a meal, a cocktail, or a night out at SX Sky Bar, the bi-level restaurant and lounge at 808 S. Michigan Ave. With culinary efforts led by Chef de Cuisine Christopher Suzuki, SX Sky Bar offers a menu of shareable small plates and sushi with Californian and Asian flavors, along with thoughtful craft cocktails. SX Sky Bar provides a luxe atmosphere for an intimate dinner in the lounge, a drink with friends, or an evening of dancing.
The two-story venue houses expansive space for meetings and events, including sectioned lounge areas and a spacious private dining room. SX Sky Bar will also provide catering at the hotel’s second-floor meeting space, which offers flexible AV capabilities and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Grant Park.
The hotel’s onsite, state-of-the-art fitness center houses top-tier workout equipment by Peloton, Star Trac, Life Fitness, and Powermill. Guests can enjoy connections to Hulu and Netflix on all cardio equipment.
Additional amenities include luggage storage, laundry, dry-cleaning, and valet services with in-and-out privileges.
To learn more about Hotel Essex or to make a reservation, call 312.939.2800 or visit www.hotelessexchicago.com.
About Hotel Essex
Formerly The Essex Inn, Hotel Essex is a reimagined and transformed mid-century landmark along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, overlooking Michigan Avenue and Grant Park. The historic hotel is a part of an Oxford Capital Group led mixed-use lifestyle development, including the 479-unit Essex on the Park luxury apartment tower, bi-level, indoor-outdoor lounge SX Sky Bar, and ground floor, chef-driven French restaurant Grant Park Bistro. Hotel Essex offers 274 sophisticatedly designed rooms, upscale guest amenities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and unparalleled views of the city and its lakefront. In the South Loop and adjacent to some of Chicago’s major attractions—Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the “Bean,” and the Magnificent Mile shopping district—Hotel Essex serves as a gateway for the city’s exploration.